Saturday, May 28, 2011

A good thing... a good Dog!

I cannot get tired of thanking God for letting me have the great experience I'm living with our dog, Malbec. I don't know if I have told you about the fear I had to dogs. For years, my husband waited for me to be ready to allow a dog in our lives. I once said to myself I needed to change and understand why I couldn't be "normal" and love dogs.

The thing is my husband was willing to wait and even to resign, but if I decided to give in, the dog was to be a Rottweiler... oh yeah!... a little Rottie.

Well, long story short... I've been in TV shows about how you can lose the fear to dogs, our story has been published in pets' magazines, our dog has won competitions of obedience, and I am the happiest Dog Mom in the world.

More than just a dog, Malbec is family. He's kind, delicate and loving...

He is the best dog...

And a good thing is that he's so good to everybody. People who (contrary to old me) are not afraid of dogs, always ask about him, and want to be near him... they notice he is such a good dog. Some call him the "buenazo" just by looking at him (that means something like "the good one").

Since he was a puppy, we've made him socialized with people, and especially children. He knows how to treat kids...

I love Malbec very much and I cannot get tired of saying how lucky I am!!!

Do you have a dog? Do you have more than one? Do you think dogs are family? Tell me about your story with dogs...

(No Pets Allowed Layout: cardstock: Bazzill; pattterned paper: DCWV; chipboard accents: We R Memory Keepers and unknown; ink: Color Box; adhesives: Scotch, Generations; Cricut cartridges: Graphically Speaking, Opposites Attrack; Plantin Schoolbook; A good thing Layout: cardstock: Bazzill; patterned paper: Sasafrass Lass; letters: American Crafts; rub ons: DCWV; pen: Sakura; adhesives: Scotch)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Race for the Cure

Cancer sucks... Don't you think? I know it sounds crazy but it is true. I pray to God to protect us all and that we can find a cure.
Last October my husband and I participated in the Susan G Komen foundation's Race for the Cure. It's a 5k race. My husband ran it; I combined walking with some jogging (yeah right...)... but the thing is we finished it.

Even though the activity is to solidarize with victims and survivors from breast cancer, we wanted to participate for other types of cancer too. There were 4 people for whom mainly we ran/walked. One is Susan (the person for whom the Foundation exists). The other one is my father in law. He died from liver cancer. We also ran/walked for Nancy, who is a friend a coworker who is surviving cancer. And finally, Maribel, another coworker who unfortunately did not survive and went away about 3 days before the race.

I still haven't wrote the journaling for the layout. I plan to place it at the left of the photo. But I was sure I wanted to have a page about this day. It feels so good to do something like this thinking of someone else. It's a feeling I can't explain quite well but it's good.

I do not pray asking God to change whatever plans he might have for me... I pray asking for understanding to accept it and courage to face whatever God wants to give ... But... nobody is ready for something like cancer.

Have you had a loved one suffering from this? Do you know any or are you a survivor? God Bless us all...

(patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers; letters: American Crafts; ink: Color Box; adhesives: Scotch)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

More Mothers...

Still celebrating? Well.... Mothers' Day is everyday... even though this day was special anyway. We had most of the family at home and had a good day. We laughed a lot and celebrated together. I hope you had a wonderful day too and that you are still celebrating.

Here are some additional cards I haven't shared with you...

I used some scrap papers I had left from old projects to place a patterned paper base and a big heart on that base. Then I punched the border of a strip in solid color for the top. A stamped image in a matted rectangle and then rub ons for the sentiment/message.

A friend at work saw the card and he liked the stamp showing the mother with a girl ... so he asked for a card with that stamp but wanted to feature the name of his wife and the Mother's Day message in Spanish.

So I created this card...
I made a banner with half circles, painted the edges, rubbed on the letters for the name, and joined to each other with eyelets.

I stamped and cut a bird to make the impression it was holding the banner.

I tried to give a maternal delicate look to the card using the dolly and the lace ribbon.

The Spanish message was then inside so the name on cover/front was the main attraction.

Finally, this card was the one we gave to our mother in law last Sunday.

I placed a patterned paper with dots to make a background...

Then I used a chipboard swirl with painted edges, tied a knot with ribbon and placed a flower sticker in coordination.

What about you? Did you make your cards for your mothers? Did you make for others to give to their mothers? Please share with us...

(patterned pater: Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Hot Hues; chipboard: Fancy Pants; inks: Staz-On, Color Box; stickers: EK Success; Rub-Ons: Fancy Pants; Dollies: Paper Lace; stamps: Inkadinkado; adhesives: Scotch, Generations; Miscellaneous: eyelets, paper punches, ribbon, computer, markers, color pencils)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Hope you celebrate with your loved ones, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, daughters... and moms to be... well, well, well... Do you think the pregnant women should celebrate Mother's Day? Not that I disagree, but I recently discovered some people think they are already moms when pregnant, and some think they still aren't.

I have a friend (a father to be) who thought he shouldn't give a present to his wife on Mother's Day because she still wasn't a mother... she had 3-month pregnancy. But he knew she thought a pregnant woman should be considered a mother and shoud celebrate Mother's Day (and get presents). He defended his point of view saying that he is not considered a father until the wife gives birth. And he might be right... but anyway I made this card so he could give it to his wife.

I used a digital stamp image from internet and printed it in white cardstock and also in several patterned papers so I can cut the clothes. I also used some color pencils for the skin and hair. The funny thing is that this image looks just like the recipient. She will love it... I hope.

I also made this other one inspired in the "pregnancy" theme.

And, finally, let me share this layout with you. I made it last year. This is my mom when she was pregnant to have my older brother. Isn't she beautiful?

Happy Mothers Day... including those ladies expecting to have a child... Take care... :)